PERRY COUNTY — Judge Executive Scott Alexander lifted the outdoor burning ban for Perry County on Dec. 1. Residents are advised that the Division of Forestry burn regulations are still in effect until December 15. These regulations state that there is to be no burning between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.
This has been a treacherous forest fire season in Appalachia. The National Guard was called in, along with fire departments from all across the state, to help battle blazes. FEMA reserved disaster funds for several Southeastern Kentucky counties. Last week’s forest fires in Gatlinburg, Tennessee have taken 14 lives so far. Perry County experienced several fires too. Last week, an arrest was made for arson in association with forest fires in the Happy community.
As of Dec. 1, there is no ban on outdoor burning between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. in Perry County. However, precautions should always be taken when burning outdoors regardless of weather conditions.
Sam Neace can be reached at 606-629-3243 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.